As Tai Chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, this means it puts minimal pressure on your bones and joints. It is ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually.
This means therefore it’s particularly well suited for those individuals who normally can’t cope with high impact activities.
For example, individuals who suffer with some arthritic conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Tai Chi is therefore suitable for most individuals.
Do I Need to be Fit to do Tai Chi?
No, Tai Chi is for everyone, regardless of fitness levels. Many of the Tai Chi movements can be adapted to people with any disability, including wheelchair users.
Tai chi is essentially a gentle activity that is unlikely to cause injury if done correctly. The exercises involve lots of flowing, easy movements that don’t stress the joints or muscles. Initial fitness levels are not an issue.
Are there Different Styles of Tai Chi?
Yes, some different styles include Yang, Chen and Wu. Some teachers often practise a combination of styles. The main differences between the Tai Chi styles are in the speed of movement and the way the body holds the postures.